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tv   Memorial Day Observance at National Arlington Cemetery  CSPAN  May 27, 2019 10:41am-12:11pm EDT

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must preserve and enhance, and we do that by recognizing the freedom and the dignity of all of our fellow citizens and of all humankind. thank you very much. [applause] >> and we are live now from arlington national cemetery with the pentagon is hosting a wreath-laying ceremony to honor the fallen at the tomb of the unknowns. that should be getting underway shortly followed by a memorial service inside the amphitheater. among the speakers, vice president pence, patrick shanahan, and joint chiefs of staff joseph dunford. live coverage now from the tomb of the unknowns at arlington
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national cemetery. you are watching c-span.
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>> ready, march. [honor guard cadence]
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[drum beating] >> forward, halt.
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>> color, halt.
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>> forward march.
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>> ceremonial. >> ceremonial.
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>> honor guard. attention. ceremonial. >> ceremonial. ease.
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] hots fired [shot fired] fired] fired] >> honor guard.
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[star-spangled banner playing] >> order!
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[drum playing] [playing taps]
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>> order!
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♪ i was there in the winter of '64 when we camped in the ice at nashville's doors three hundred miles our trail
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had lead we barely had time to bury our dead when the yankees charged and the colors fell overton hill was a living hell when we called retreat it was almost dark i died with a grapeshot in my heart say a prayer for peace for every fallen son set my spirit free let me lay down my gun sweet mother mary i'm so tired but i can't come home 'til the last shot's fired in june of 1944 i waited in the blood of omaha's shores twenty-one and scared to death my heart poundin' in my chest i almost made the first seawall when my friends turned and saw me fall i still smell the smoke, i can taste the mud
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as i lay there dying from a loss of blood say a prayer for peace for every fallen son set my spirit free let me lay down my gun sweet mother mary i'm so tired but i can't come home 'til the last shot's fired i'm in the fields of vietnam, the mountains of afghanistan
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and i'm still hopin', waitin' prayin' i did not die in vain say a prayer for peace for every fallen son set my spirit free let me lay down my gun sweet mother mary i'm so tired but i can't come home 'til the last shot's fired 'til the last shot's fired
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♪ [applause]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, please rise for the arrival of the official party and remain standing for the indication and the national anthem. invocation and the national anthem. chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. honorable patrick m shanahan, the acting secretary of defense. ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, the
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pence, viceichael r. president of the united states. ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, chaplain jeh johnson, command chaplain, joint force headquarters, national capital region and united states washington.trict of >> please join me in prayer. eternal god, lord of the living and dead. yourself known to
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us through your wondrous works of creation and your mighty deeds through out the history of our nation. americanstart of the journey to the present our, you have sustained us through days of adversity and prosperity, through times of war and peace. you have proven yourself strong to save us. among all nations of the earth, america has been uniquely and remarkably blessed. today we remember with highest esteem and devoted respect our fellow citizens who have fought and died in america's wars as members of her armed forces. americansese gallant died before the guns of our enemies. many of them died alone. all of them served for the sake of future debt -- generations of americans who they themselves would never know. most of these patriots are now long dead. but time will dim nods of their deeds nor the sting of their loss.
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those who grieve their absence. enable us to embrace fully the legacy of valor, duty and sacrifice that these heroes quietly built. has their lives caused our flag to fly high and with honor, so may hours. inspire us to take up the light of liberty for which they have been all so that on our watch it may remain undimmed. this is our fervent hope and our solemn prayer. amen. standing for men the united states coast guard band and vocalist, musician first class megan -- singing our national anthem. ♪ [drumroll] banner"ar-spangled playing]
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oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? and the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? ♪
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[applause] >> please be seated. ladies and gentlemen, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. >> mr. vice president, secretary shanahan, distinguished guests and most importantly to the goldstar families who are here. it's an honor to join you in solemn remembrance and reflection. of soldiers,ation sailors, airmen, marines and coast guard are proudly following the footsteps of an unending line of american who have answered the call of duty. as we pause to remember the fallen, please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. a great leader of the british
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empire once said, show me the manner in which a nation or community cares for its dead and i will measure exactly the sympathies of its people, their respect for their land, and their loyalty to high ideals. we are here today in the spirit of those words. to honor those who gave the last full measure of devotion and service to our nation. to reflect on the values and high ideals for which we stand. and to remember that what we have in our country is worth fighting for. the story of those remembered today is one of extraordinary sacrifice. it's a story of lives cut short, of hopes and dreams never realized. it's also a story of sacrifice for the families left behind. the anguish of parents, spouses, children, siblings and friends. the sadness of the empty seat at the family table. but the story of those remembered today is also one of men and women who stood for
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something larger than themselves. it's about men and women who embody the most important values and traditions of our nation. and it's about men and women who made a difference. so today as we recall the stories of the fallen, and as we remember the profound sadness and loss, we should focus on how these men and women lived. we should leave here resolved to live lives worthy of their sacrifice. resolved to strengthen our personal commitment to the values for which they stood. and resolved to make a difference in service through our nation and our communities. whoe do that than those were taken from us prematurely to be able to look down and know that we truly remember them. ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of those till serving in uniform, thank you for remembering and thank you for bringing meaning to the sacrifice of the fallen. [applause]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, the knot it's coast guard band and the nine states army chorus will perform mentions of the lord. -- mansions of the lord. ♪ >> ♪ to fallen soldiers let us sing where no rockets fly nor bullets wing our broken brothers let us bring to the mansions of the lord no more bleeding, no more fight
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no prayers pleading through the night just divine embrace, eternal light in the mansions of the lord where no mothers cry and no children weep we will stand and guard though the angels sleep all through the ages safely keep the mansions of the lord ♪
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♪ all through the ages safely keep the mansions of the lord ♪ [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the honorable patrick m shanahan, acting secretary of defense. [applause] >> mr. vice president, general dunford, senator and senator
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all, trusted allies and goldstar families. thank you for being here today to help us honor the fallen. --se laid to rest sacrifice, service, and purpose. guarded our freedoms. -- discharged a sacred obligation to remember them. no words can capture the totality of their patriotism and love. words.ings are beyond their silence speaks for itself. to those they leave behind, beloved spouses, family, and friends. we know not a day passes that you don't think of them. millions of your fellow americans or member with you. the life ofebrate your hero with you. they are here for you.
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we, your department of defense, and your friends. is beyond words. let those of president theodore roosevelt capture a fraction of their glory. belongs to those actually in the arena, face marred by sweat and blood, who ,trives valiantly, who errors who comes short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcoming. but who does actually strive to do the deeds, knows great , whosiasms and devotions spends himself at a worse -- in a worthy cause. achievementof high and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails wild he shallreatly so that
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never be with the cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to introduce the vice president of the united states, michael pence. vice president pence: thank you. shanahan,retary members of the cabinet, secretary wilson, general
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dunford, honored guests. especially to the active-duty members of armed forces, and most of all, to our gold star families. we are honored by your presence. [applause] vice president pence: it is my profound privilege to be here at the hallowed ground of the arlington national cemetery for , where we gather to pay a debt of honor and gratitude to the memory of those who gave their last full measure of devotion. as that general order in 1868 pledge to aidour and assist those whom they have left.
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as is evident by all of your , by gatherings like this across america, you know there is a day november when we remember those who served and came home. when all across america, we pause to honor and remember those who served our nation but did not come home. it is memorial day in america. all of you here and those looking on from afar, especially to the families of our fallen, we extend our deepest sympathies. we also bring the deepest theects and gratitude of 45th president of the united states of america, president donald trump.
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[applause] vice president pence: the president and the first lady came here just this past thursday. while his duties have taken him to the other side of the world, i spoke to him a little while ago. i know his heart is here with all of you and families across this nation for every day is -- is memorial day. the bible says if you owe debt, pay debts. if honor, then honor. those who rest here among these hallowed field, cemeteries, churchyards, humble plots across , never fully repay.
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this is the day that makes possible all other american days. honort the sacrifice we and the patriots from the four corners of our land and overseas , there would be no other america days. we celebrate today as memorial day began three short years after the end of the civil war. it was originally established here to take place may 30, 1868 to honor fallen soldiers by decorating their final resting places with newly bloomed may flowers. flag and thatold tradition continues. since that time on the hallowed grounds of arlington and in churchyards, national cemeteries and town squares across the americans gathered into the lives and deeds of america's greatest heroes.
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to assure the families we will never fail tond honor the service and sacrifice of our loved ones. we are joined today by two leaders who have quite possibly done more to honor the memory of our fallen and support our families than any other living americans. for his courageous service in world war ii, for all they have both done to preserve the memory of the greatest generation, and for their support of military families, would you join me in thanking senators bob dole and elizabeth dole for the countless contributions to the united states of america? [applause]
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vice president pence: our best and bravest fight for freedom. the military service stretches and the mists american history. from bunker hill to bellow it, from san juan hill -- from the coral see 2 -- hero could americans have answered their nations call to pay the ultimate price for our freedom. the duty was to serve. our duty is to remember. records that more than 40 million have served in the uniform of the united states and
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nearly one million americans have fallen in uniform since our nation's founding. americans of every race and creed have fought and died for our freedom but as i can tell from the faces of those gathered doe, you know the numbers not tell the story. they tell nothing of the lives of promise cut short, of dreams unfulfilled. families shattered. fail when euros fall. well on this day each just to tell their stories and let their words and deeds speak for them. david was born in louisiana and 1893. he was a student at columbia university and he dropped out of
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college to fight in world war i. he deployed to france, volunteered and two months before the guns fell silent in the 11th hour, 11 day, 11 month, sergeant -- sergeant david fell. the french government awarded him -- for his courageous service. attack, there the sergeant sent a letter to his mom. tomorrow, the first totally american commences. it gives me inexpressible joy and pride to know i shall be present to do my share. under, i want you to know i went without any terror of death and that my chief worry
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is the grief my death will bring to those who are dear to me. he ended saying, i feel wonderfully strong to do my share well for my sake. you must try and drown your sorrow and pride and satisfaction that i died well. and so clean a cause as ours. he ended, god bless and be kind to little elizabeth. i love you so well. david. today, we remember the service and second wife of sergeant david. william robinson evans junior 1918.rn in indiana in he was an eagle scout. after graduating from college in connecticut, he enlisted in the navy's reserve officer pilot program. he earned his wings of gold and
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was commissioned in may of 1941. in september, he was assigned to a torpedoes doctrine. squadron. on the fourth of june of 1932, 15 torpedo planes from the squadron went into battle from members of enemy fires. down.ere all shot but their sacrifice in their current that day helped to change the course of world history. received this posthumously . two months before it was lost, he wrote these words to a friend. many of my friends are now dead. two a man, each died within nonchalance that each would have denied his courage. is borning greater good
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of this work, it should not be valued in the colonies we may win or the pages historians will attempt to write but rather, in whoyouth of our country, never trained for war, rather almost never believed in work but from some hidden source, brought home gallantry which is homespun and so real. he said i say these things because i knew you liked and understood boys. know they hado not let you down. today, we remember the service and second ice of vincent bill evans junior. john floyd cochran was born in michigan in 1941. first, the lieutenant served in
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the radiant -- unit of vietnam. let a platoon and a man who served under him would say four decades later he was one great guy. the lieutenant fell to sniper october 24, 19 66, 6 days before he was scheduled to meet his wife on r&r. final letter home, he wrote to his mom and dad these words. tonight, i am awaiting an attack. yes, that is right. your only son who you did not raise to be stupid is 11,000 miles away from home sitting beneath a shaded lantern on top of a hill waiting for a visit from our friend charlie. wrote, i know i am here. and why it could not be any other place. he said i do believe the basic decibels are enough for a man to
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die for. we are here because we actually believe our country is good enough to fight for and if necessary, to die for. [applause] vice president pence: today, we rather the service and size of first lieutenant john. three men, three wars, and as we recall their sacrifices, we cannot help but be inspired by their courage. and make no mistake about it their example is inspiring a new generation of heroes every day. actually the son of a vietnam fighter pilot. he was commissioned in 1982 as
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an officer through the university of dayton's rotc program and servant leadership positions with the army national guard. whonel paul kelly was a man built up all those who served around him. he was known as a dedicated husband to his wife, maria. a proud father of his two sons, john and paul david kelly. he was nicknamed the senator because he was always shaking soldiers hands, no matter what the rank. he was a helicopter pilot. in 2007, he was lost in iraq. later, july 20, 2017, 10 years after his father died in iraq, his son paul, david,
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and kelly enlisted in the virginia national guard. his brother, john, and his wonderful mother, maria, are here with us today. you onerous by your presence. families three generations of service are inspirations to us all. these stories of heroes we know from beginning to end. but his -- it is important on this memorial day to remember. for some families of our fallen, there is an added burden.
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it burden of having their loved one resting a place known but to god. solemnar on this occasion, our president promised we would never stop searching for the servicemen and women who remained missing, wars and conflicts fought over the past century. we have never stopped. june, at his first historic summit in singapore, chairman kim jong-un, president trump had are missing fallen on his heart. as he began negotiations for the the denuclearization of peninsula, president donald trump secured a promise for the of allof he remains fallen u.s. servicemembers lost in north korea.
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in august of last year, in our honor to be present when 55 flag draped coffins bearing them remains of the americans who fought in the korean war returned to american soil. you, for this son of a combat veteran of the korean war, i will never be given a than to have been present when our boys were finally coming home. some of the remains have been identified that more work remains. this is just the beginning. but i can assure you, all the
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families of our missing fallen, we will never rest until every soldier is accounted for and resting on american soil. so to the families of the fallen here and looking on, who sacrificed more than we could comprehend know that the hearts of every american are with you today. everyill stay with you day, as will our prayers. we mourn with those who mourn and grief with those who grieve. but we do not breathe like those with no hope. because our faith gives us hope. and heroes give us hope. love has demanded
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this that he should lay down his life for his friends. today, on memorial day, we honor americans who showed no greater love for the american people. we can never repay the debt of gratitude we owe to the men and women who gave it all to preserve our freedom. but we can honor them, remember them, cherish their families, and this, we will do. not just the state but every day. so long as our nation continues to produce men and women of such selfless courage and patriotism, i know freedom will ring for ourselves, and our posterity. was to serve.
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our duty is to remember. day, let every american renew our commitment to fail touty, to never remember what they have done for us, and never fail to honor and cherish the families they left behind. and never fail to strive each and every day to be worthy of the freedom that they want for us all. fallen,ss our heroic may those who mourn our heroes be comforted until he went to every tear from their eyes, major douglas the men and women of our armed forces, and may god bless america. [applause]
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>> please remain standing for the playing of taps and the singing of amazing grace performed by the united states army chorus. ["taps" playing]
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>> the benediction. go into the world to reserve peace. member the wisdom to learn and be courageous spirit pursue excellence in all things and cling to that is good.
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fainthearted, lift of the press. on god, fear no man. love and serve the lord. amen. amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me i once was lost, but now am
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found t'was blind but now i see t'was grace that taught my heart to fear and grace, my fears relieved how precious did that grace appear
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the hour i first believed through many dangers, toils and snares we have already come. t'was grace that brought us safe thus far and grace will lead us home, and grace will lead us home
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♪ amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me
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i once was lost but now am found t'was blind but now i see was blind, but now i see. ♪ [applause] thelease remain in place as official party departs and the colors are retired.
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[indistinct conversations] >> thank you so much.
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[indistinct conversations] >> wrapping up our live coverage
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from arlington national cemetery on this memorial day 2019, some tweets now from members of congress, florida representative said this memorial day we honor all the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and i'm grateful for the servicemembers and the likes of the servicemembers as we reflect on all they had given to the country. the last american casualty of the iraq war in 2011, he was a graduate of northeast guilford high school where he was captain of the football team. he was a blackberry -- black belt in tae kwon do.


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